Bridging the path from Lab to Market: The I-Corps Program

Friday, April 26, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDTiCal
This event is open to the public.
AI Seminar
Farzin Samadani
Video Recording:

Have you wondered whether your research could be a useful commercial product, but aren't sure how to find out? Interested in receiving a $50K grant to decide whether building a startup is right for you? The I-Corps program was created by the National Science Foundation in 2011 to help move academic research to market. The NSF offers select participants from US academic laboratories the opportunity to participate in a special, accelerated version of Stanford University’s Lean LaunchPad course.

Join us on Friday, April 26th (12 pm – 1:30 pm) at 1135 to hear about USC teams that have participated in the National Science Foundation's I-Corps program, transforming their research results into successful startups. Speakers will discuss their experiences with the program, giving you an inside look at how research moves from a lab bench experiment to an actual product. We'll also tell you how you can be eligible for a $50K grant to transform your work into a startup. Have lunch and meet with others at USC’s Information Science Institute who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship!

Bio: Farzin Samadani has a diverse background in business and technology. As co-founder of Curious Me, LLC, he provides business modeling and advisory services for early stage startups. This builds upon 15 years of experience as founder of startups in the education technology, heavy construction and food & beverage industries and executive/senior management experience at Fortune 100 companies, such as the Coca Cola Company. Farzin’s specialties include: lean startup methodology, customer development, business formation, product development, business development, high tech ventures, deal structure & negotiations, and sales & marketing. Farzin currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for Los Angeles City Hall.

Farzin is also a member of the national teaching faculty of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) program and part of the teaching team of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, serving as instructor for various entrepreneurship programs. He is also a national instructor for the Hacking 4 Defense program at University of Southern California.

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